Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pressed for comprehensive crackdowns on crime at a teleconference of the Government’s Steering Committee on Crime Prevention in Hanoi on January 28.

Seeking a 1-2 percent reduction in offences across the nation and a 70 percent of success in criminal investigations, he asked for the design and dissemination of campaigns to raise public awareness of laws, especially among the youth.

The Ministry of Public Security was requested to eradicate underworld gangs in key areas, especially those involved in drug and human trafficking and trade fraud.

The Deputy PM emphasized that social security and order must be ensured during this year, adding that the ministry should develop a national strategy on crime prevention for 2015 to 2025.

Last year, economic and corruption crimes were prevalent across sectors, especially in finance and banking, causing State and businesses losses and hampering the economic restructuring process.

Smuggling and the trading of fake goods continue in border areas while more corruption cases were discovered, exposing flaws in bidding and supervision stages.

Notably, over 70 percent of public order offences were committed by adolescents and more than 60 percent of criminal crimes were committed by drug addicts.

Police brought to light nearly 20,000 drug-related cases, an 8.4 percent increase from 2013, and more than 45,000 criminal cases.

They uncovered roughly 14,000 economic violation cases, including 400 in corruption and over 2,500 in smuggling.-VNA